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Sugar Bush Foundation celebrates a decade of giving back


This year marks a decade of support the Sugar Bush Foundation has given to projects that impact the Appalachian Ohio region. The innovative funding program supports collaborative projects that feature a product or programing idea created by regional non-profits and small business innovators and Ohio University faculty at the Athens Campus and at all regional campuses. To date, the Sugar Bush Foundation has provided 17 unique projects with $1,666,019.

The Flournoy Family created the Foundation to give back to the region and to support the quality of life in Appalachia Ohio. Co-Founder Mary Anne Flournoy said by supporting projects that include the community, encourage civic engagement and foster sustainable environmental and socioeconomic development, the foundation has helped improve the health of the people, supported a growing economy, and contributed to a vibrant environment.

“We wanted to give back to our community, both to the region and to the university communities, in a socially responsible way,” said Flournoy, who graduated in 1995 with a doctoral degree in education.

What will the next 10 years bring? More projects that collaborate with with OHIO’s regional campus partners, she said.

“We have a lot of capacity here and potential for entrepreneurs. Our children are very actively involved and they will be the ones carrying this on after we’re gone.”

2016 funding cycle begins

The Sugar Bush Foundation is currently accepting letters of intent for the 2016 funding cycle.

The deadline for submission is Nov. 30, 2015 at midnight. Letters of intent submitted after Nov. 30 at midnight will not be accepted for review in the current award cycle. All gifts awarded are administered by the OHIO college, school, department or program involved in the development of and that benefits from the project. Visit The Sugar Bush Foundation to view the eligibility criteria. To submit a letter of intent for consideration, please click here and complete the online form. 

Direct questions to Myca S. Haynes, Office of Gift Planning at 740-593-9741, haynesm@ohio.edu.